Entries by a guest blogger

The Psychology of Existential Risk: Moral Judgments about Human Extinction

By Stefan Schubert This blog post reports on Schubert, S.**, Caviola, L.**, Faber, N. The Psychology of Existential Risk: Moral Judgments about Human Extinction. Scientific Reports [Open Access]. It was originally posted on the University of Oxford’s Practical Ethics: Ethics in the News blog. Humanity’s ever-increasing technological powers can, if handled well, greatly improve life […]

Sapiens Plurum Short Fiction Winner: Mildred 302.0

In honor of Earth Day, FLI teamed up with Sapiens Plurum to sponsor a short fiction writing contest. This year’s prompt asked writers to describe their vision for a better future. We received hundreds of inspiring submissions, and our judges did not have an easy choice to make. But we think you’ll agree that the winning […]

Highlights From NeurIPS 2018

The Top Takeaway from Google’s Attempt to Remove Racial Biases From AI By Jolene Creighton Algorithms don’t just decide what posts you see in your Facebook newsfeed. They make millions of life-altering decisions every day. They help decide who moves to the next stage of a job interview, who can take out a loan, and […]

Handful of Countries – Including the US and Russia – Hamper Discussions to Ban Killer Robots at UN

This press release was originally released by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and has been lightly edited. Geneva, 26 November 2018 – Reflecting the fragile nature of multilateralism today, countries have agreed to continue their diplomatic talks on lethal autonomous weapons systems—killer robots—next year. But the discussions will continue with no clear objective and […]

Benefits & Risks of Biotechnology

“This is a whole new era where we’re moving beyond little edits on single genes to being able to write whatever we want throughout the genome.” -George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School How are scientists putting nature’s machinery to use for the good of humanity, and how could things go wrong? Biotechnology […]

A Summary of Concrete Problems in AI Safety

By Shagun Sodhani Click here to see this page in other languages:  Russian  It’s been nearly two years since researchers from Google, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and OpenAI released the paper, “Concrete Problems in AI Safety,” yet it’s still one of the most important pieces on AI safety. Even after two years, it represents an excellent introduction […]

Scientists to Congress: The Iran Deal is a Keeper

The following article was written by Dr. Lisbeth Gronlund and originally posted on the Union of Concerned Scientists blog. The July 2015 Iran Deal, which places strict, verified restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities, is again under attack by President Trump. This time he’s kicked responsibility over to Congress to “fix” the agreement and promised that […]

Understanding Artificial General Intelligence — An Interview With Hiroshi Yamakawa

Click here to see this page in other languages : Japanese    Russian Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is something of a holy grail for many artificial intelligence researchers. Today’s narrow AI systems are only capable of specific tasks — such as internet searches, driving a car, or playing a video game — but none of the systems today […]

United Nations Adopts Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Today, 72 years after their invention, states at the United Nations formally adopted a treaty which categorically prohibits nuclear weapons. With 122 votes in favor, one vote against, and one country abstaining, the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” was adopted Friday morning and will open for signature by states at the United Nations […]

FHI Quarterly Update (July 2017)

The following update was originally posted on the FHI website: In the second 3 months of 2017, FHI has continued its work as before exploring crucial considerations for the long-run flourishing of humanity in our four research focus areas: Macrostrategy – understanding which crucial considerations shape what is at stake for the future of humanity. […]

U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Mayors for Peace Resolution

Conference also Adopts Two Additional Resolutions Calling for Reversal of Military Spending to Meet the Needs of Cities Miami Beach, FL – At the close of its 85th Annual Meeting on Monday June 26, 2017, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 12th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution put forward by Mayors for Peace. The resolution, “Calling […]

Testimony by Fujimori Toshiki, Hiroshima Survivor

The following post is the statement presented by Hiroshima survivor Fujimori Toshiki to the United Nations on the first day of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination New York, 27 March 2017 Testimony by Fujimori […]

The AI Debate Must Stay Grounded in Reality

The following article was written by Vincent Conitzer and originally posted in Prospect Magazine. Progress in artificial intelligence has been rapid in recent years. Computer programs are dethroning humans in games ranging from Jeopardy to Go to poker. Self-driving cars are appearing on roads. AI is starting to outperform humans in image and speech recognition. […]

Using Machine Learning to Address AI Risk

The following article and talk are by Jessica Taylor and they were originally posted on MIRI. At the EA Global 2016 conference, I gave a talk on “Using Machine Learning to Address AI Risk”: It is plausible that future artificial general intelligence systems will share many qualities in common with present-day machine learning systems. If […]

2300 Scientists from All Fifty States Pen Open Letter to Incoming Trump Administration

The following press release comes from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Unfettered Science Essential to Decision Making; the Science Community Will Be Watching WASHINGTON (November 30, 2016)—More than 2300 scientists from all fifty states, including 22 Nobel Prize recipients, released an open letter urging the Trump administration and Congress to set a high bar for […]

The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons

By Joe Cirincione History was made at the United Nations today. For the first time in its 71 years, the global body voted to begin negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Eight nations with nuclear arms (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, and Israel) opposed or abstained from […]

The Federal Government Updates Biotech Regulations

Click here to see this page in other languages:  Russian  By Wakanene Kamau This summer’s GMO labeling bill and the rise of genetic engineering techniques to combat Zika — the virus linked to microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome — have cast new light on how the government ensures public safety. As researchers and companies scramble to apply […]